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Seasons Park Ruizhi Service Apartment
3.5 of 5 Apartment Hotel   |   No.B36 Dongzhimenwai Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100027, China (Formerly Cosmopolite Service Apartment) (Beijing Workers' Sports Complex)   |  
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Good location but...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

I visited Cosmopolite Hotel last October (10/11) again almost two years after I stayed there previously. The hotel has good location, is equipped with full kitchen, including microwave and fire plate, in-room washing machine and safe. Two bottles of water have been provided free of charge daily without a charge. Room is very spacious, has free internet and a convenience store and a laundry shop is just downstairs. The hotel is about 20 minute walk from Dongzhimen Airport Express station what allows you to get to and from airport for meager 25 RMB and in just 15 minutes.

The room has however obvious signs of neglect through out. There were extensive signs of water damage that were covered with patches of paint that did not match the wall exterior color. The poorly designed showers flood the bathroom floor, causing also visible water damage to the bathroom door and hallway wall, and remain untreated. The bathroom sink is placed on a sort of a wooden table that I am sure it would looks fancy had it not being unused. But usage left extensive water damage to the wood finish, and it is obvious that it is just not suitable for bathroom use. The room was supplied with just one set of towels even though I booked it for 2 people. The towel situation has been remedied but it took me couple of reminders at the reception. Safety box is not attached to anything what kind of defeats the purpose... However the safety box is a descent size and easily fits my laptop. I mentioned that only because during my recent trip to SE Asia I noted a few miniature safety boxes that could barely hold anything inside.

The nearby school has some sort of laud outdoor drills around 8 am during the week that may disturb some if you plan on sleeping past that hour.

So would I stay there again? Probably yes, but the price is not as competitive with newer and better maintained hotels right across the street and constantly opening up in Beijing. I would say that the hotel rooms are badly in need of renovation and possibly some redesign work should be considered to resolve flooding bathroom issues.

Room Tip: Try to get a room not facing the nearby school if you like to sleep in on weekdays.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2010

I stayed there for almost two weeks. Agreed with one of the previous reviewers. First the bad things: taxies cannot come to the door so you have to schlep your suitcases from the front gate to the apartment and that is a bit of a hustle. Poorly constructed showers were flooding the whole bathroom during shower and even spilling over to the room. This is a service apartment embedded within regular apartment building and my apartment happened to be next to aspiring cello player....

Now the good things - location, walking distance to Sanlitun area - shopping, dining, entertainment. A mini convenience store located on premises. My room included washing machine, cook top, fridge, TV, DVD player, a safe deposit box and free internet. No foreign channels on TV though... Rooms were clean and warm. At first there was only one set of towels in the room but after requesting an extra set, this issue has been resolved.

Depending on what you looking for, with the exception of this annoying overflowing shower, the rooms are OK. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2010

Very mixed feelings but then this was our first time in Beijing and we are not sure if there would have been a hotel that would have offered a room this size but then I am sure there are other Hotel-Apartment in Beijing. We reserved there Deluxe Executive Suite which is an equivalent to a small 1 bdrm apartment.
I will start with the positive, the room was kept clean, the decor was very modern and we like that a lot, we were on the 19th floor, the kitchen had plates, cookware, water kettle, and a washer / dryer (one of the main reasons why we booked this hotel), right outside our hotel was a cafe, convenience store, and travel agent (CSH Travel Service, see my review on Mutianyu), all these off-site amenities were convenient. Sanlitun was a 20 min walk which to meant a lot to us because we like the shops, restaurants, and bars in that area.
Now with the negative, the hotel is not 5 min from the subway that is something I was relying on and was surprised that it wasnt, maybe a 5 min car ride but no way walking.
The front desk staff spoke very little english and it was very frustrating to try to communicate with them.
We paid a fair amount per night 680 rmb / night, which i feel is okay but we wanted a room with space, we didnt want to stay a week cramped up in a closet size space and an in room washer and dryer was the Kicker..
Tip: the building or tower was very close to Dongzhimenwai Street, all you have to do is go out the back gate.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

We booked this hotel on line for one week at ¥480 per night. We arrived in the rain in a taxi to learn that the taxi could not drive us (and our luggage to the door). We walked in the rain with our 4 suit cases and 2 computers to the building, across the courtyard. The first serviced apartment we saw was a studio and was totally unacceptably small and uncomfortable (no place to sit other than the bed or desk). We upgraded to a one bedroom that we took for the night at ¥680 (a price that we thought was outrageous).

The reception desk was unpleasant to deal with (English was not spoken much). The people showed an inflexibility that was annoying. With much effort, we determined that the price the front desk would be willing to give us for the one bedroom serviced apartment was ¥590 per night (about ¥100 less than the on line reservation system). The front desk said that they would have to have an e-mail confirmation from the on line reservation service to cancel our original reservation and to give us the new price for the 6 remaining days of our original booking. The front desk "professed" not to know anything about the on line reservation system on what appears to be their own website.

We did get the ¥590 price per night. We agree that the exhorbitant additional charges for the use of the gym and the pool were not obvious on the hotel's website. That was annoying.

This is a link to a picture of our living room area of our one bedroom apartment:
http://www.fototime.com/AD013E1B1827D0A/orig.jpg The apartment itself was good but the maintenance should be better. (About 90% of the light bulbs in our apartment were not working. The sink area in the bathroom was in desperate need of renovation.)

We liked these things about the hotel:
the location except that it was very, very far from the nearest subway stop
the storage in the small apartment was excellent
the air conditioning worked
it was quiet
the cable internet worked

On our departure, we learned that a taxi could be called (by a nice woman in the LaSalle Management office for the complex not by the terrible reception desk) and it could be allowed to drive into the parking garage where we would meet the taxi with all of our luggage on a cart. So our departure was more pleasant than our arrival.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2009

Watch out for this hotel. Most negative aspect is the fact that even on their own hotel website, they mention the facilities (fitness, swimming pool, etc) without mentioning the high extra cost this involves. The hotel doesn't own the facilities. They are part of the Season's Park site where the hotel is located. The entrance fee for one time is 70 RMB per person or you can also pay a much higher fee (about 100-120 EUR) per month. This seemed to me as a pure scam.
The rooms however are very good, hotel staff cleans the room and washes your dishes every day and the airconditioning was excellent. So if a nice room is what you're looking for, we recommend it. But if the facilities interest you, CONTACT THE HOTEL FIRST TO KNOW THE FEES before booking this hotel. It was very well located with a subwaystation very near that is on the most central line of beijing. We could travel everywhere very easily.
The fact that this hotel tried to hide the hidden costs that hard, makes us not recommend this hotel as a whole to a friend.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.B36 Dongzhimenwai Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100027, China (Formerly Cosmopolite Service Apartment)
Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Seasons Park Ruizhi Service Apartment 3.5*
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